The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion
Forthcoming in October 2021
On a plastic chair in a parking lot in Ramallah sits a young man writing a novel, reflecting on his life: working in a dance club on the Israeli side of the border, scratching his father’s amputated leg, dreaming nightly of a haunting scorpion, witnessing the powerful aura of his mountain-lodging aunt. His work in progress is a meditation on absence, loss, and emptiness. He poses deep questions: What does it mean to exist? How can you confirm the existence of a place, a person, a limb? How do we engage with what is no longer there? Absurd at times, raw at others, The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion explores Palestinian identity through Akram Musallam’s extended metaphors in the hope of transcending the loss of territory and erasure of history.
‘Akram Musallam’s novel, The Dance of the Deep-Blue Scorpion . . . is a meditation on loss, absence, and memory. . . Through an intricately woven and multi-layered narrative, where content and form are closely interconnected in a spiraling structure, Musallam asks . . . questions without offering any answers. If anything, by the end of the book we are thrown right back to the beginning by the force of its spiraling form and, like the characters of the stories told by the narrator, are left in desperate search to fill that emptiness left by loss . . . Sawad Hussain’s translation of the novel is excellent; by the middle of the book the reader almost forgets she is reading a translated work.’—Khulud Khamis, The Markaz Review
If you are ordering from India, your order will be shipped from Seagull Books, Calcutta.
If you are ordering from the US or the UK or anywhere else in the world, your order will be shipped from the University of Chicago Press' distribution centre, Chicago.
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